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This poster reflects the research conducted and expresses the conclusions drawn from my 2013 Presidential Summer Scholar Grant. With that grant, I conducted research on piracy in the Persian/Arabian Gulf in the early 19th century. This poster will suggest that the conclusion of piracy is both an apt and unfair designation for the actions undertaken. Showcasing two instances of so-called piracy from Sharjah in 1828 and Abu Dhabi in 1835 this poster will indicate the growth of the British East India Company's designation of piracy and the different ways piracy was instrumentalized by indigenous, autonomous rulers to greater or lesser success.


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  • Subject
    • History, Anthropology, & Philosophy

  • Date submitted

    18 July 2022

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    • Author Biography:

      Victoria Hightower is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Georgia, Dahlonega campus. She teaches courses on Middle East history, Persian/Arabian Gulf history, gender and sexuality, global environmental history, and world history regularly. Her research has focused on pearling, heritage, and nationalism and she has published in journals including the Journal of Arabian Studies and Environmental history.